This is a floppy square book for kids. Usual 8×8 or close size. Two comic book stories are included inside. Full comics, not picture book style. Writer: J. Enyart. Pencils: P. Ortiz. Inks: D. Hunt. Colors: C. Sotomayor. Letters: J. Costanza.
This book was found within the personal library collection.
For kids, these are two fun stories about the now classic Toy Story gang. Most parents will probably find it a little too familiar. It’s classic Donald Duck or Archie. An adventure, but nothing changes the status quo. Exactly the type of introductory comics that kids should be reading.
In the first tale, Andy gets a new puppy. Is this puppy/dog in the movies and I’ve just forgotten? The Toy Story crew is trying to train the puppy and for some reason Buzz Lightyear decides to do this outside. This could never go well for the toys. Buzz has to freeze when the mailman walks by. The puppy bothers the mailman. Buzz is thrown to distract the dog and lands in the next door neighbor’s driveway. Right in some wet tar. Buzz is stuck! Worst of all, an RV is about to back out of the driveway. Why the RV is backing up over wet tar is not addressed. Woody teams up with the puppy and attempts to rescue Buzz. Twists and turns happen. I was actually really surprised by one of them. In case you’re going to sit down and read this I don’t want to spoil the ending. Surprisingly good.
In the second story Buzz is trying to teach Rex how to be strong. Don’t be a coward anymore. Time for some space military training, using household items. Rex stumbles into and through the course in an overly silly story. I’m left with a question I’ve also had in the Toy Story movies. What is the strength level of these toys? How fast are they? Because the mess this training causes would take awhile to clean up. Also some of the props should be impossible for a collection of plastic and wire to lift.
The art is fantastic with clear detailed panels that young readers can easily absorb and follow the story. The change in art styles from Pixar’s onscreen work to the comic page is different than what we’re used to. Not bad by any means. But that style of art could not be done in the same way on the printed page. The characters look more like classic 2D animation and that look holds up.
If you’re trying to get any young reader into comics, this would be a good place to start. You most likely won’t find them in your local comics shop, so check the kids section of your local bookstores. Kids will get used to word balloons, flow, and the “language” of comics. Get them hooked from an early age.